I just wanted to come here and say that DisguisedToast's latest stream from the Bahamas was one of the most entertaining and interesting streams I have seen in some time.
First, if for nothing else, it was a parade of Hearthstone personalities. I'm not really one to get excited over "star power", but it was genuinely enjoyable to see Firebat, Kibler (and Natalie, who was a highlight), Trump, Kripp, Savjz, several Hearthstone developers, and probably some others I'm forgetting just chilling together. The games where they co-played to...um...victory were just fun.
Second, while the developers were obviously trying to avoid accidental leaks, they did have several off the cuff comments:
(Dean Ayala) No, they don't expect Golakka Crawler to be widely played as a Pirate Warrior counter. They anticipate cards such as Tar Creeper will be the go-to for that. They would consider it a failure if it became widely played and games commonly came down to whether you have Golakka Crawler or not.
(Dean Ayala) They thought "a lot" during developing Un'goro about not making snowball-y cards in the early game. When asked if there was a scaling 1-drop this time, he replied he did not think so (he was hesitant to say "no" because he didn't want his statement to be misconstrued).
(Dean Ayala) They will do cards with wide possibilities such as Babbling Book more rarely in favor of cards that pull from a smaller subset (such as your opponent's deck, or with the new Adapt mechanic).
(Mike Donais) They frequently discuss the balance between making curve decks and cards that are too swingy and let people reverse momentum of those curve decks. It's a problem because they recognize many people like both, and that they can't please everybody.
(Dean Ayala) The developers don't think the game is very interesting when slow decks become too common because it becomes more of a contest of who can fit more 9-drops into their list. Although they certainly regard it as a balance with faster decks.
(Dean Ayala) Finally, one comment that I know people are going to freak out on is that Iksar regards Pirate Warrior as a reasonably skill-intensive deck, citing that he can easily tell when his opponent is "crazy skilled" versus simply average.
I know many of these things are not completely new but I thought it was nice to hear them directly from Blizzard themselves rather than implied.
In any case, I just truly enjoyed the stream this evening and really wanted to share that with people in hopes that others derived the same pleasure I did from the experience.